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County Antrim beach. Photograph (c) CS

Offering: Art Psychotherapy supervision, Counselling supervision, ecotherapy / eARTherapy supervision, consultative support.

Individual or group supervision for
qualified practitioners as well as those in training, including:
  • counsellors / psychotherapists,
  • arts therapists,
  • health / social care professionals,
  • teachers,
  • other professionals.

I have many years experience of providing clinical supervision for practitioners and professionals across a wide range of organisational and private practice settings. I have training in the provision of both counselling and art therapy supervision. 

I am a tutor on a CPCAB Level 6 Certificate in Clinical Supervision and I 
have also designed and led a one year supervision praxis training internationally.

My supervision practice is normally fully booked, but you are still welcome to make enquiries about supervision or consultative support.

My supervision approach is informed by diverse theories, including:
- Proctor's (Proctor, 1986; Inskipp & Proctor, 2001) three function model: focusing on the formative, normative, restorative functions;
- Page and Wosket's (2001) Cyclical model;
- Armstrong & Freeston's (2006) Newcastle 'Cake Stand' model;
- Hawkins & Shohet's (2012) seven Mode model.

Hawkins and Shohet (2012) proposed a model of supervision that features seven Modes. This is a systemic model of supervision that “views the work of supervision as ‘nested’ in increasing wider systemic levels” (Hawkins & Shohet, 2012: 105). The seven Modes are:
  Supervisee-Client matrix:
    1. Client - how & what they present.
    2. Exploration of therapist skills & strategies; how, when, why.
    3. Exploration of therapy relationship.
  Supervisor-Supervisee matrix:
    4. Supervisee: how affected by work; their development & support.
    5. Supervisory relationship: Quality of working alliance; Parallel process: here-& parallel of there-&-then.
    6. Supervisor’s process / countertransference.
    7. Wider / organisational requirements; ethics; systemic influences.

Eco Supervision 

A core strand of my supervision practice is eARTherapy - an approach promoting eco-creativity and relationship with nature. In eco supervision, Nature becomes a co-supervisor and the natural environment becomes the wider reflexive and containing space.  Sensing out the “affordances” offered by the environment (Gibson, 1966, 1979) to the supervisee and supervisor explore the reflexive opportunities encountered in the natural setting.  This "implies the complementarity of" the person "and the environment." (Gibson, 1979: 127). There are opportunities for "environ-mentalization" (Sibbett, 2000, 2001, 2017); attuning with the relational cues and developing a reciprocal relationship with Nature.

This is consistent with Hawkins and Shohet assertion that:
"We strongly agree that supervision should not be reduced to the human and material realms, but should also be open to the ‘more than human world’ (Abrams 1996) and should ‘create the space for grace’ (Hawkins and Smith 2006)." (Hawkins & Shohet, 2012: 110).

Writing about the global challenges that we face and supervision in the helping professions, Hawkins and Shohet (2012: 10) advocate:
"What is needed is a major transformation in human consciousness, ways of thinking, behaving and relating, both to each other and 'the more than human world' (Abrams, 1996)."

Writing about their seven Mode model, they add
"... we philosophically oppose the idea that the transpersonal should be a separate transcendent realm, but rather that the spiritual and transpersonal have an important immanent place in all of the seven modes. In Mode 1 we should attend to the personal and transpersonal aspects of the client presented, and in Mode 4 the transpersonal aspects of the supervisee. In Modes 3 and 5 we should consider the transpersonal aspects of the relationships and what is emerging in the space between the parties that transcends both. In Mode 6 as supervisor we should be open to what is emerging not only from within our psychological being but from other levels of being, and in Mode 7 the wider context includes realms beyond human and material.” (Hawkins & Shohet, 2012: 110).

Abrams, D. (1996) The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World. New York: Random House.
Denise, S. (2009) Training for supervising transpersonal therapists and others. In: P. Henderson (ed.) Supervisor Training: Issues and Approaches. London: Karnac.
Gibson, J.J. (1966) The Senses Considered as Perceptual Systems. London: Allen and Unwin.
Gibson, J.J. (1979) The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), Boston.
Hawkins, P. and Shohet, R. (2012) Supervision in the helping professions. (4th ed). Maidenhead, UK: Open University Press.
Hawkins, P. and Smith, N. (2006) Coaching, Mentoring and Organizational Consultancy: Supervision and Development. Maidenhead: Open University Press.